The Type Of Plane That Crashed In Ethiopia Will Still Fly In SA

Comair stated that it will continue to fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 – which was involved in an Ethiopian Airlines crash.


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According to Business Insider, Comair has stated that it will continue to fly the Boeing 737 Max 8 – the model involved in a plane crash on Sunday. The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash killed a whopping 157 people on board, with individuals from 33 nations across the globe. Comair, which operates Kulula and British Airways in South Africa, is reported to have ordered eight of the planes for delivery.

According to Netwerk 24, the first of the aircraft was delivered two weeks ago and has already started flying domestically in SA. The news comes in light of another plane crash in Colombia, with the crash killing 14, including a Colombian mayor.

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The Ethiopian flight saw the plane crash 6 minutes after take off on Sunday, and following the crash, the plane has been grounded across the globe, with China ordering all its airlines to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8. In its announcement on Sunday, the Civil Aviation Administration  of China(CAAC) said that it had notified Chinese air carriers at 9 a.m. that they had nine hours to take the planes out of service, according to the New York Times. 

What adds to scepticism about the planes’ reliability is the fact this is the second crash involving the Boeing 737 Max 8 in recent months. Indonesian Airline Lion Air flight 610 crashed into the Java Sea 12 minutes after takeoff, killing 187 people in October. The CAAC also announced on its website that both crashes have “certain similarities” that have allowed for concern over the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

British Airways will still fly its Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in SA. Designed by depositphotos

But Business Insider reports that Comair will continue to fly the plane.”Our highly trained and experienced flight crew and engineers remain vigilant,” the flight operator told the publication. “If we receive information that requires us to reassess the situation, please be assured we will take appropriate action in the interests of the safety of our staff and customers.”

The order of the planes seems due process, as Comair ordered eight Boeing 737 Max 8 planes five years ago. In 2016, Comair CEO, Erik Venter told plane company Boeing that it owed much of its success to its “next-generation” 737 model. 

You can keep up to date with the worldwide investigation into the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 here. 

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